Shakespeare's Grammar and Letter Writing Activity

Shakespeare's - a . .Whenweusethou, Forexample Thou art = you are Thou hast = you ha

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Shakespeare’s Grammar – What art thou on about? Most languages have a familiar form and a polite form of ‘you’. In Shakespeare’s time that  was also true of English. Thou was the familiar form of you. When we use thou, the verb attached to it changes.  For example: Thou art = you are Are you…? = Art thou…? Thou hast = you have Have you…? = Hast thou…? Thou dost = you do Do you…? = Dost thou…? ‘You’ was the polite form used when speaking to strangers or social superiors and is also  used for the plural form. Change the following sentences into Elizabethan grammar: 1. Who are you? 2. Have you been here long? 3. [write your own question] Write out the following quotations, and change the words in brackets into Elizabethan English. 1. (Do you) think because (you are) virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale? 2.
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2011 for the course ENG 112 taught by Professor Culper during the Fall '09 term at Grand Valley State University.

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